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Russia suspends all adoptions to US families
Posted on 15 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia has suspended all adoptions to U.S. families until the two countries can agree on procedures, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday a week after an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself.... Read More

Ukraine, Russia to extend Black Sea Fleet lease
Posted on 21 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

KIEV, Ukraine - (AP) The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed on Wednesday to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol after the existing lease expires in 2017, news agencies reported. The move is among... Read More

Russian president boosts ties on visit to Ukraine
Posted on 17 May 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

KIEV, Ukraine - (AP) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Ukraine on Monday, where he oversaw the signing of several cooperation deals with the new Moscow-friendly leadership. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has advocated stronger ties with... Read More

Russia: US adoptions freeze to last for weeks
Posted on 19 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (APINTL) All Russian adoptions to the United States will remain suspended until a new agreement is negotiated, which could take up to two months, the Kremlin's children's rights ombudsman said Monday. Russia froze U.S. adoptions last... Read More

Activist presses Russian corporations for openness
Posted on 2 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (APINTL) In a country where exposing shady practices can be risky, Russian attorney Alexander Navalny is taking a stand. Among his exploits: Navalny flew to a shareholder meeting of Russia's third-largest oil company, Surgutneftegaz, renowned... Read More

Petition drive urges Russia not to halt adoptions
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

NEW YORK - (AP) Worried over a threatened freeze of adoptions from Russia, thousands of American adoption advocates are petitioning leaders of the two nations to prevent such a step even as they decry a Tennessee woman returning her adopted son to Russia... Read More

Adoption freeze urged after boy returned to Russia
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's foreign minister urged Friday that child adoptions to the U.S. be frozen after an American woman put an 8-year-old Russian boy she had adopted on a one-way flight back to his homeland unaccompanied. Artyom Savelyev, who carried... Read More

Russia cuts gas supplies to Belarus over debt
Posted on 21 Jun 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia on Monday started cutting most natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million, threatening to rekindle political disputes in the region over energy policy. President... Read More

Russia reopens Belarus gas tap but dispute goes on
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's gas monopoly said Thursday it has resumed supplies to Belarus after a payment dispute, but Belarus still threatened to stop sending gas on to other European countries unless Moscow settles its own debts. The dispute, which... Read More

Russia says pirates who held tanker are freed
Posted on 7 May 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's Defense Ministry said Friday the pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law. Authorities initially said the pirates would be brought... Read More

Russia wants to ensure Somali pirates punished
Posted on 6 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

UNITED NATIONS - (APINTL) Russia is launching a new initiative to ensure that captured Somali pirates are punished. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he introduced a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that would... Read More

Officials say US and Russia to seal arms deal
Posted on 26 Mar 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are within hours of an agreement on the final details of a historic new treaty that would drastically slash the nations' nuclear arsenals, U.S. and Russian officials said Friday... Read More

Russia furious over adopted boy sent back from US
Posted on 12 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological... Read More

Russia, US officials near adoption accord
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

MOSCOW - (AP) Russian and U.S. negotiators have agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord, Russia's children's rights ombudsman said Thursday. Adoptions in... Read More

Telenor lawsuit in Russia withdrawn
Posted on 16 Apr 2010 by International & Foreign Law Community Staff

OSLO - (APINTL) Telenor says a fellow shareholder in Russia's No. 2 mobile operator, Vimpelcom, has withdrawn a lawsuit in Russia that threatened to deprive the Norwegian telecommunications group of its 30-percent share in the company. Friday's... Read More